Mike Pompeo: I challenge Randi Weingarten — the most dangerous person in the US — to debate me

“I tell the story often — I get asked ‘Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? Is it Chairman Kim, is it Xi Jinping?’ The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten,” Mike Pompeo told Semafor two weeks ago. “It’s not a close call.” Here, the former secretary of state and director of the CIA stands by his words and offers a challenge to Weingarten.

I fear America is on a path to disintegration due to persistent failures in our education system. American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten and her fellow travelers have crippled our nation’s schools. The danger she presents to our nation is clear and real and exceeds that of all the bad guys I battled abroad for four years as secretary of state and CIA director. I said she’s the most dangerous person in America because it is true. Her power, her ideas and her anti-student policies must be confronted.

Weingarten has called this claim “pathetic” and insinuated that I, having made it, am “extreme,” “anti-LGBTQ” and “anti-Semitic.” She suggested my work as America’s most senior diplomat was a failure when in fact we made America far safer and more prosperous than President Biden has been able to do.

Her personal venom evidences an unwillingness to defend what she has wrought on our children and our nation. I am prepared to debate her and to present to the American people my case for the risks she presents to our republic and our nation’s future.

Xi Jinping steals American jobs and technology as he poisons our nation through the provision of fentanyl. Vladimir Putin plots the destruction of NATO. Kim Jong Un improves his missiles. The Taliban plot acts of terror. Iran’s leaders order the murder of innocent women while its military amasses the components necessary to manufacture a nuclear bomb.

As secretary of state, I fought these threats beyond America’s borders. Now we must confront American decline at home.

As James Madison stated, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”

This observation must be heeded, for as historian Will Durant critiqued, “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.”

I believe the future of our republic will not be written by our enemies. Indeed, America is more likely to be lost if we do not retake our schools from radical and progressive forces. Elements in our midst are betraying our children’s futures by denying them the opportunities education confers. Failing to teach math, science, real history and civics and, importantly, to imprint America as the most exceptional nation in civilizational history on the hearts and minds of the next generation dooms America and the world that counts on us.

As living rooms became classrooms during the pandemic, Weingarten demanded more obedience. Parents witnessed the failures of an educational system that allows students to be placed last. Our nation’s teachers do not wish to fail their students. Most are wonderful, industrious people forced to deviate from teaching core subjects to focus on issues that activists prize.

Despite those teachers’ efforts, students in China now outscore our children across the board. America’s students are severely deficient in mathematics and science, vital in our technological age. Nations that spend a fraction of our per-pupil costs outpace the United States in educational attainment. The Program for International Student Assessment recently evaluated more than 70 countries: American students ranked 35th in mathematics, 16th in science and 11th in reading, behind China, Estonia, Poland, the Republic of Korea and other nations. All of this on Weingarten’s watch.

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